Giants play waiting game at Cincinnati airport

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:21 PM ET

SAN FRANCISCO - The San Francisco Giants were caught in no-man's land following their victory over Cincinnati in the fifth and deciding game on Thursday afternoon.

They decided to hang around Cincinnati on Friday as well as they didn't know whether they would move on to play the Nationals in Washington or fly home to play host to the Cardinals.

It made for a hectic night and the fact that there was a mechanical problem with their chartered plane didn't help matters any either.

"Yeah, we had, I thought, a pretty good plan," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Saturday. "We had a little mechanical problem on the plane. But anyway, we watched the first part of the game, the Cardinal/Washington game. And at 11 o'clock we headed to the airport. It was around the seventh inning, and at that time Washington had a lead. So we went through security, got on the plane. And the timing was great. It's the ninth inning and so we could see what was happening and the guys, we're watching the game with a lot of interest. Great game, exciting game.

"At one point you think you're heading to Washington and then the Cardinals come back and we realized we were coming home. And then we had a problem on the plane with the hydraulic system. We had to sit there for two and a half hours, and that made it a long night.

"So we got in, I'm not sure what time, 5:30, 6:00, somewhere in there. It was a long night. But we still think we did the right thing on how we headed to the airport at that time. I know the guys would have wanted to come home after the game anyway, instead of staying in Cincinnati. We just got delayed there for a little bit. It worked out fine."

It was a red-eye flight to the west coast for both teams with the Giants beating the Cardinals by about an hour.


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